Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Victor Feldman (vibraphone); Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Leroy Vinnegar (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
Recorded in 1957.
Personnel: Barney Kessel (guitar); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Victor Feldman (vibraphone); Shelly Manne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (08/06/1957/11/11/1957).
Photographer: Roger Marshutz.
This is an excellent session from guitarist Barney Kessel. Kessel is matched with vibraphonist Victor Feldman, pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne for a blues-with-a-bridge (the 11-minute "Let's Cook"), Vernon Duke's ballad "Time Remembered," and "Just in Time." The second half of the album has modernized versions of "Tiger Rag" and "Jersey Bounce" as played by the guitarist, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, trombonist Frank Rosolino, pianist Jimmie Rowles, Vinnegar, and Manne. Throughout, Kessel keeps with the other all-stars, swinging hard while paying tribute to the legacy of Charlie Christian. ~ Scott Yanow